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Drivers can turn off iPhone safety features

Texting and driving causes a lot of accidents, and many of those drivers use an iPhone, as it is one of the most popular types of smartphone. Apple, the company that produces the iPhone, has faced some heat from critics over the years, and people have said they should make it impossible for drivers to text.

Even though many people still blame the user, and not the product, Apple did create a system that locks down the phone when it is in a car. It detects when you are driving and shuts off all notifications. It also locks the screen.

In theory, this is great. People will not receive texts while driving, so they will not be tempted to respond to them. They also can't use the phone to check Facebook or anything else that may trigger those pesky notifications.

The problem, of course, is that people are not forced to use the system. You have the option to turn the feature on and off. Even when it is on, you can simply tell the phone that you are not the driver, and it lets you back in. This system is necessary so that passengers can use their phones, but drivers can absolutely abuse it and keep their notifications on.

While it is clear that some responsible drivers will use it, and it may help them avoid temptation, those drivers may be the ones who are less likely to text and drive in the first place. This is a good step, but it does not fix the problem entirely. As such, it is still important for people to know what legal rights they have when hit by a distracted driver.

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